A large variety of bandages is available in the market; Self-adhesive bandages, coflex bandages, fabric bandages etc. A dressing is used for compression and protection on a wounded or injured area on the body. It controls bleeding, clears the wound from dirt, sweat and other secretions.
Your home first aid kit can also be stocked with home-made dressings. These dressings, if made with care, can be certainly as effective as the commercially available ones. The biggest advantage of these home-made dressings is that they are extremely economical. Here’s a quick guide on how to make dressings and bandages at home:
- Old cotton, pillow cases, napkins, undershirts and thin towel like materials can be used as the raw material for your dressing. Ideally the material should be white cotton and sterilized.
- The material has to be cut into small sized pieces. Before cutting, you should clean with good quality detergent. Rinse a few times to ensure that soap has been removed. After washing, dry it out completely in the sunshine.
- Now, the dried material is ready to be cut into desired size. The size can vary between 2-6 inches.
- Decide the thickness of your bandage as per the thickness of the raw material. The dressing can have 2-4 layers of thickness. All the layers should have the same thickness for a neat look.
- The most important step is sterilization. Dressings can be sterilized by ironing or steaming.
- Lastly, place the bandage over the wound. Press it slightly and secure its place by means of a tape.